Fox has announced early renewals for three of their current television series.
Gotham, the Batman crime drama centering on James Gordon, has been renewed for a second season, while the Andy Samberg comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be back for a season three.
Though currently only 2 episodes in, Fox has already put in for a second season of their new show, Empire, the Lee Daniels-created hip-hop drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
Gotham premiered on Fox on September 22, 2014 and was initially given a 16-episode debut season, which was then extended to 22 episodes. The mid-season premiere, Episode 11 “Rogues’ Gallery,” aired on Monday, January 5, 2015. The series has averaged 10.6 million viewers (including DVR playback).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the cop comedy that takes place in the fictional 99th Police Precinct in Brooklyn, NY, debuted on September 17, 2013, with the second season premiering on September 28, 2014. Samberg, who got his big break as a Saturday Night Live cast member before making the jump to the big screen in 2007’s Hot Rod, won the 2014 Golden Globe for Best Actor in Television Series (Musical or Comedy) for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. The Season 2 finale, Episode 15, “Hostages,” will air on February 8, 2015.
While it’s rare that a network greenlights a second season for a show after only two episodes, Fox saw fit to do so with Empire, since its premiere was one of this season’s highest-rated series debuts among adults 18-49 (it was tied with How to Get Away with Murder for first). Another rarity is that its follow-up episode pulled in even more viewers.
Expect to hear of more renewals from Fox in the coming week.
Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.